One in a series of letters between Cohen and Mirsky regarding the chemical nature of DNA. In 1974, Cohen produced an article
with Franklin Portugal on the subject that appeared in "Connecticut Medicine."
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1973-07-25 (July 25, 1973)
Cohen, Jack S.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (U.S.)
Mirsky, Alfred E.
Original Repository: Rockefeller Archive Center. Alfred E. Mirsky Papers
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History of Medicine
After the Discovery: The Transforming Principle's Reception by the Scientific Community
Letter from Alfred E. Mirsky to Jack S. Cohen (June 29, 1973)
Letter from Jack S. Cohen to Alfred E. Mirsky (January 25, 1974)
Letter from Alfred E. Mirsky to Jack S. Cohen (January 29, 1974)
Letter from Jack S. Cohen to Alfred E. Mirsky (February 22, 1974)
The Search for the Chemical Structure of DNA (October 1974)
This letter is to acknowledge receipt of your letter of June 29, following our phone conversation yesterday. As I indicated,
I returned last week from the Int. Biochem. Congress and moved my laboratory on Monday, hence the delay in replying.
I was very interested in your letter and very pleased to receive it. As I have indicated I am most concerned to arrive at
a balanced and objective account of what actually occurred in this area. In that respect your letter is invaluable giving
as it does your own views and material not readily available. I would personally
value the opportunity to view the reports of the Board of Scientific Directors of the Rockefeller Institute, which are particularly
relevant to DNA work in view of the centrality of Levene, Avery, Hotchkiss, yourself and many others to that
work. Could this be arranged? If you cannot pass this request on could you let me know the appropriate person to whom I
I should emphasize that my paper was intended to be devoted exclusively to the chemical work relevant to DNA. I have, of
course, left out things (of which people keep reminding me, such as synthesis of purines and pyrimidines, staining, etc.).
These will be covered in our book. In addition my treatment of Avery's work and the connection with your own was only
intended to be superficial, insofar as it related to Levene's work, and also in order to effectively answer Stent's
contentions. There is no question that I will revise this section in order to take account of your views
I will follow up on all the sources you give me.
Jack S. Cohen
Reproduction Research Branch
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development